Iranian Teen Arrested For Sharing Dance Vids On Insta
A 19-year-old girl was forced to confess on state TV for the “crime” of posting a video of herself dancing on Instagram.
It apparently "represents a blatant violation of freedom of expression and demonstrates the extent to which the authorities are brutally imposing their cultural dictates on the people of Iran."
The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) condemns the Iranian authorities’ arrest and inhumane treatment of 18-year-old Maedeh Hojabri.
Iran Human Rights has said, "Hojabri and an unknown number of other social media users were arrested at an unknown date. Her forced “confession” was aired on state TV on July 7, 2018. Crying, the distraught teenager explains that she posted videos of herself dancing on her Instagram account for her followers and was not directed by anyone."
“The government has left no space for Iranians to breathe. It wants to control the clothing they wear, the music they listen to, the books they read, the movies they watch, and the way they live their lives,” said CHRI’s Executive Director Hadi Ghaemi.
“Despite this suffocating atmosphere and the threat of imprisonment, people continue to express themselves and protest these restrictions,” added Ghaemi.
People have been posting in support of Maedeh Hojabri,
If you’re a dancer, writer, comic, artist, singer...whatever creative thing you do...you can’t NOT do it. You will go mad. Imagine living in Iran where self-expression is banned. Unspeakable cruelty by a government who tries to crush culture. #FreeMaedeh https://t.co/IpMU4jQHqT— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) July 8, 2018
The state has left no room for the people of Iran to breathe, even arresting a teenager for simply dancing and airing her forced confession in state TV. And yet, the people are still refusing to back down. #MaedehHojabri https://t.co/M5OL6xu3mh— Hadi Ghaemi (@hadighaemi) July 9, 2018
Iranians are also posting videos of themselves dancing to show solidarity,
Iranians post videos of themselves dancing to show solidarity with teenage dancer Maedeh Hojabri who was arrested for posting her dance videos on instagram. @NaeimehDoustdar pic.twitter.com/LmM6uruy2k— Negar (@NegarMortazavi) July 9, 2018